36-month jail term for Kagonye

by | Jun 12, 2022 | Crime & Courts, Local News | 0 comments

36-month jail term for Kagonye

Yvonne Mutambwa

Petronella Kagonye, former Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister was on June 9, 2022 sentenced to an effective 16 months imprisonment by a Harare magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro following the setting aside of 20 months of the sentence.

Magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro had acquitted Kagonye the previous day for personalizing into her own use 20 computers which were donated by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) through her office.

POTRAZ donated the computers to Mrs Kagonye, which were then collected by her brother Evans on her behalf.

However, when POTRAZ made a follow up on the donation, Kagonye failed to account for the donated gadgets, prompting a report being mad to the police. The then Deputy Minister had written to the then ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira, requesting the gadgets as a donation to a school in her constituency.

The computers were for the schools in the Goromonzi South constituency in 2018. Initially Kagonye was sentenced 36 months in jail but however 12 months were set aside for five years on condition of good behaviour.

Furthermore , on condition she reimburse US$10 000, the amount equivalent to the value laptops she misappropriated, eight months were set aside.